The County Government of Tana River has spent Sh91 million in the past one year to improve facilities in vocational training centres. in Tana River County, Governor Dhadho Godhana has said.
According to Governor Dhadho Godhana his government spent Sh70 million while the National Government pumped another Sh21 million as conditional grant to provide facilities in the youth training centres.
The governor said this in a speech read on his behalf by Education County Executive Abass Kunyo during the first Annual Tana River County Skills Fair and Exhibition at the Hola Stadium where the six vocational centres showcased their prowess in various trades learnt at the centres.
He said the county government was giving every VTC trainee tuition fees amounting to Sh15,000 annually and asked many young people to ignore the stereotype that VTCs were havens for failures and join them en masse.
“I would like to disabuse the notion that VTCs are meant for people who failed their national examinations because some people have used their VTC certificates to earn degrees,” he said.
He said his government was implementing projects on apprenticeship and training to improve young people’s skills and employability by providing competencies for the development of hands on workers and a skilled human resource base for the county’s development.
Dr. Godhana lamented that despite many young people going through formal education up to university levels, many employers were unable to find people with certain skills to fill vacant positions.
“VTC learners, in particular apprentices, usually find their first jobs quicker than university graduates,” he noted calling for concerted efforts to improve vocational training.
The county chief said there was need to strengthen the county’s efforts to equip people of all ages with the skills needed to participate fully in the labour market by changing the image and reality of vocational training in order to make it a first choice.
“Many young people have interests and talents for more practical learning and jobs as opposed to general academic and education,” he said. “The old fashioned perception of vocational jobs as menial and low skills jobs is certainly not true.”
He said during the next county medium term budget, his administration would prioritize funding for vocational training as well as improve and equip early learning centres, including absorbing all qualified all ECDE teachers to permanent and pensionable terms.
Trade, Industrial Development and Cooperatives County Executive Yahya Ali Barrow said plans were underway to renovate and re-open all jua kali sheds in the county to enable graduate from vocational training centres to practice their skills and earn a living.
Also present at the function was Tana River Woman Representative Rehema Hassan who assured the county government of her support in its efforts to prioritize and popularize vocational training.E
Tumaini Vocational Training Centre in Tana North Sub County demonstrate a motor vehicle wiring project during the County Skills Fair and Exhibition held at the Hola Stadium on Friday.
Tana River Woman Representative Rehema Hassan speaks during the first Tana River County Skills Fair and Exhibition at the Hola Stadium Friday.
Tana River County Executive Committee Member for Education and Vocational Training Abass Kunyo hands over a trophy to Tumaini Vocational Training Centre instructors. The VTC was declared the overall winner during the first County Skills Fair and Exhibition held at the Hola Stadium Friday.